Former Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho, has asked Arsenal to strike ‘the perfect balance’ with Mesut Ozil, insisting that neither a very stringent nor a lenient approach is likely to work on the former Germany international.
The gifted playmaker is reportedly frustrated by lack of football and is contemplating moving away from the Emirates stadium.
Ozil has struggled for minutes since Arsene Wenger’s departure at the end of the 2017/18 season. He was fit to feature in 18 out of 23 Premier League games, this season, but was granted a place in the starting XI in only 12 of them.
— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) January 19, 2019
The German was once again left on the bench in Arsenal’s crucial 2-0 Premier League win over Chelsea on Saturday, adding more fuel to the already raging speculations.
Unai Emery’s system is based on aggression and tireless leg work right until the final whistle, which doesn’t fall in line Ozil’s sophisticated and often lazy brilliance. Despite his shortcomings, Gunners still could benefit from Mesut Ozil’s unmatched creativity. And Mourinho, who worked closely with the playmaker at Real Madrid, has offered some pointers to get the most out of 30-year-old.
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“I know that there was some problem in relation to his contract, he is leaving on a free then he is not leaving on a free. I think finally he signed a contract and decided to stay.
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“So there is not an issue with contract, so I believe there is something with the physical point of view or there is some confrontation of ideas with Unai. I think the nature of football is exactly this nature.
“With me, Ozil played amazingly well but maybe not with Unai. And maybe a certain player that I don’t remember was phenomenal with Unai but doesn’t work as well with me. It’s just the nature of empathy.
“I just feel that Ozil is the kind of player that needs the both sides of it. By one side, if you are just sweet with him, you lose his natural aggression because he’s not naturally a very strong, physical player in terms of aggression.
“If you are too strong with him and forget that he also needs a bit of care, a little bit of love, you don’t find the right balance. So I think it’s about finding the right balance with him.”
After watching helplessly from the bench, Ozil congratulated his team-mates for getting a solid 2-0 win over their crosstown rivals and moving within three points of fourth-placed, Chelsea.
“Congratulations to the whole team tonight 🙌🏼,” posted Ozil.
“Well played, Gunners 👍🏼”
Hector Bellerin had to be stretchered off the field in the second half with a suspected knee ligament injury. Arsenal later confirmed that the injury didn’t look very positive, and could rule the Spaniard out for a significant time.
The World Cup winner wished the right-back a speedy recovery.
“Wishing a speedy recovery to @hectorbellerin,” added Ozil.
The Gunners’ next outing sees them host Manchester United in the 4th round of the FA Cup on Friday night.